Penguins Begin Outdoor Season at the Coastal Carolina Invitational

Penguins Begin Outdoor Season at the Coastal Carolina Invitational

Myrtle Beach, S.C. -- The Youngstown State track and field teams took part in day one of the Coastal Carolina Invitational on Friday. 

This meet is the Penguins first outdoor meet of the season as they are coming off an impressive Indoor season as the women finished first in the Horizon League Championships and the men were runner-ups.

Freshman Tori Thompson ran in the 400 meter dash and ended up finishing in third place with a time of 1:01.92.

YSU's 4x200 meter relay team consisting of Alexis Washington, Alteeka Vanwright, Ciara Jarrett, and Megan Gunther had the fastest time of the day (1:38.75) to finish in first place.

Senior Monica Ciarniello finished in second place in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 18:09.97 making it her fastest time all year in this race.

In the 10,000 meter run senior Samantha Hamilton finished in first place with a time of 36:51.95 as the Klim triplets finished right behind her to lock in the second, third, and 10th place spots. Michelle Klim finished in second running a time of 37:07.12 and McKinsie Klim finished in third with a run of 37:17.95. Melissa Klim finished in the 10th place spot with a time of 39:52.55. 

For the field events senior Jessica Parham competed in the javelin and was able to finish in the top five as she placed in fourth throwing the javelin 42.71 meters. In the long jump freshman Chenera Lacey leaped 5.11 meters to grab seventh place.

Freshman sprinters Dalyn Gattison and Joshua Lever ran in the 200 meter dash and both finished in the top five as well. Gattison crossed the finish line as the runner-up in the event with a time of 22.56 as Lever pulled up right behind his teammate clocking in a time of 22.79 to finish in fourth place.

The men's 4x200 meter relay team finished in sixth place with a time 1:28.99. Gattison, John Helms, Lever, and Robin Hall were all the sprinters that competed in it.

The long distance runners that competed in the 10,000 meter run for the men were Eric Rupe and Nick Gliha. Rupe won the event with a time of 30:48.81, Gliha was third with a time of 32:27.88 and Jon Richmond was seventh at 33:21.34. 

They both managed to finish in front of most of the competition as Rupe finished in fourth (32:30) and Gliha finished in seventh (32:45).

Freshman Connor Neu was the only male penguin to finish in first in his event on the first day. He competed in the hammer throw and had a toss of 62.57 meters.

The Penguins will continue in the meet tomorrow with the field events beginning at 8 a.m.